Caring Connections: The Telephone Reassurance Program for Seniors
The Caring Connections Telephone Reassurance Program is a new ElderSource initiative that provides a friendly telephone call from a volunteer to an older adult who is living alone and/or homebound. The goal of the program is to eliminate or reduce some of the concerns facing homebound seniors: isolation, loneliness, depression, anxiety and cognitive decline. Many older adults want to remain independent and age in place in their own homes; however because they are isolated or homebound, meaningful relationships are difficult to come by. Caring Connections volunteers will reach out by phone regularly to these seniors to offer a friendly check-in and an opportunity to feel connected to the community beyond their front door.
Do you know a senior who needs a call?
Seniors can sign themselves up for the program, or they can be referred by a caregiver, family member, friend or service provider. Eligibility requirements:
• Seniors must be 60 or older.
• Live alone or are homebound.
• Reside in Baker, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, St. Johns or Volusia County.
• Complete an application.
Are you interested in volunteering with Caring Connections?
This is a wonderful volunteer opportunity for someone looking to make a difference in the life of a senior. All volunteers must:
- Be willing to establish a friendly, caring relationship with seniors over the phone.
- Have great listening skills.
- Be willing to make a commitment to call a senior at least once a week for a minimum of six months to a year.
Agree to a background screening and reference check.
- Attend orientation and training sessions.